After enjoying Domaine Lafond Roc Epine Lirac a couple of weeks ago, I noticed their Rosé in the new arrival section of one my local wine shops and gave it a pour on a humid, early summer evening. Domaine Lafond was founded in 1780 by Pascal Odoyer, Jean-Pierre Lafond’s great uncle and has been passed down from generation to generation since and includes vineyards in Lirac, Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Tavel appellations. In 1970 Jean Pierre Lafond built the cellar and created the Lafond Roc-Epine domaine; a horse racing enthusiast, he named it after a famous horse, Roquepine. With an emphasis on respecting nature, the landscape, the vines and developing bio-diversity, the estate was certified organic with the 2012 harvest [although they began practicing organic viticulture in 2009]. Their 65 hectare estate located in the “Rosé only” appellation of Tavel produces renowned Rosés, considered by some to be the best Tavel available.
Bright ruby red in colour, aromas of cherry, watermelon and spicy ginger rose from the glass. Fresh strawberry and watermelon flavours abounded in the light to medium body, whilst white pepper and stone minerals comprised the dry finish. Elegant and refreshing with a bit more heft than your typical Rosé, this is a fantastic addition to summer barbecues and patio sipping.
60% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 9% Clairette, 5% Syrah, 5% Grenache Blanc, 3% Carignan, 1% Mourvѐdre, 1% Picpoul, 1% Bourboulenc
Enjoy now thru 2015
Rated 91points by the Wine Advocate